Modern copy of northern black ware tea bowl of Cizhou type

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty or Republic period, 19th-early 20th century
Stoneware clay with iron slip and iron glaze
Cizhou-style ware
H x W: 8.5 x 14.3 cm (3 3/8 x 5 5/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea bowl

China, Cizhou ware, copy, Modern period (1912 - present), Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), stoneware, tea, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

The classic Chinese brown-glazed tea bowl, made at the Jian kilns in Fujian province, was imitated by potters working at the various northern kilns that made Cizhou-type wares. They concealed the local white clay body with brown slip to resemble the dark brown Jian-ware body. This bowl is a copy, in turn, of the nothern Jin dynasty (1115–1234) bowl, but its maker shaped a more conical form and cut the foot rim with an everted shape not found in the original.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 21.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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